W. Calvin Smith


George Clemenceau's oft-quoted remark that war was too important a matter to entrust to the military simply put into words a thought prevalent in the western civil mind at least since the days of the Roman Republic. The obverse, that politics is too vital a business to be left to politicians, is equally true in the western military mind but less-often spoken. For a general to utter these words would bring immediate accusations of a “Caesar-complex” or worse. That twentieth-century playwrights would permit such a statement only from a power-mad, insanely-obsessed general, such as Jack Ripper in the production, Dr. Strangelove, testifies to the above circumstance.